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Rainbow banners were hung on Taiwan’s streets and at Taoyuan airport this wevuh9w+I!Bt3ls2lHqW0YUAnoPH#Ua7VxYDSRz09qtTwieV$C$5ekend to welcome visitors to this 17th annual Taiwan Pride, set to kick off next weekend.

The additions came after [email protected]!JE1=##UCQ+h=cNJmKfYhboTaiwan last month painted a rainbow crossing in Ximen, close to the city’s gayborhood.

Taiwan LGBT Pride shared on Facebook on Monday (14 October) photos of banners saying “Welcome to Taiwan Pride” and “Let’s Celebrate Love with Love” at the country’s largest airport, Taiyuan.

Other photos showed banners on the streets of downtown [email protected](dTPT#M_CYT0vQP0MS=6+!m!NBFbMUD$71fCRmHk$uTaipei.

Organizers of the 17th annual Taiwan LGBT Pride parade expect more than 200,000—a LfPuUpz66-SfBY0t!BqnPgMBBL5ISaK!esb&Q-tRw0oEK^OgJcrecord number—at the pride parade scheduled to take place on 26 October.

For the first time, the parade wx1ne)hU)0SeAmoR^pmb4rqup&XRbW9R6-zmfYJvch%NC-A5kcLill start from Taipei City Hall Plaza and travel across the city to the Presidential Palace at Ketagalan Boulevard.

A newly-installed rainbow crossing has proved popular with Taipei citizens, with people sharing photos and selfies o6T3U#xr#%_49ZYz=kYwvxY#QXiNY=zL1&jOJT#[email protected]&k4BWf the crossing on social media.

Pride

The pride will be held just five months afy16lAJy^@[email protected]#&Mf*A([email protected]=kD)o0-fZb^zHter Taiwan became the first country in Asia to recognize same-sex marriages.

Gay singer-songwriter HUSH wil-N1fGn%OEWWEtHf19U6r)-qSaHY7bX9ZAL^Izk3Du3EISd^aY1l be an ambassador for the landmark event.

As one of only a handful of Taiwan celebrities to come out publicly,Rwt-)Y#OpCBGIUrkKVTPSM644l)=c)x(ityFhpH(Ons-D8&UJV HUSH, whose real name is Chen Jia-Wei, on Friday urged LGBT Taiwanese to be brave and come out.

Pride this year, the first since T-rLnR&N4-0Dq+Szi)WCH)Dp7t1fqMkhyW9WnJ5++9brq+orJ!0aiwan became the first country in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage, will start from Taipei City Hall Plaza and travel along Yixian Road to Zhongxia East Road.

The parade will then turn soTWgYRSU(jnYqhmDRleCne)[email protected]^wEuth to Renai Road before ending near the Presidential Palace at Ketagalan Boulevard where there will be a Rainbow Market with more than 100 stalls.

HUSH will also perform at Ketagalan Boulevard.

Press officer for[email protected]$PVUJQCL4$aP^TANNA)dY Pride 2019, Benson Lee, said the new route was chosen to recognize the roles played by both Taipei City and the President’s Office in bringing about same-sex marriage.

For the first time, Taiwan Gay Family Rights Promotion Association will also hold the first Rainbow Parent-c=(3VHYyWOK6wZ)-HRDM(d5unYkgp)SaExi+Jqci4PAF)(&OM^Ahild Carnival and Rainbow Baby Mini Parade.

This year takes the theme "Together, Make Taiwan BSH+7QzxyB%QU&)BG(em-tC(BY2P7Xrk4FLCgSWlbQ$uahN4ie_etter”.

The theme in Chinese means good neighbor. It was chosen to show that the LGBTQ community is IOkuR-2#fxXj%yd=ti!^0QRhREA5^[email protected]_9%INm)everywhere in Taiwan and, like good neighbors, everyone should support one another.

Last year, more than 100,000 people took to the streets of Taipei for a pride parade that demanded marri1EM4Qm+eMzc_%[email protected])xh%dn1sXNChAkeMrage equality.

It came just a month before devastating referendPdyr=uR-vs8W$F^6L&e*Y$V$YktxoMWFKpgJ)wPKaTrE3YXAMwum results showed the majority of Taiwan voters did not support same-sex marriage.

Despite the referendum result, parliament in May finally legalized same-sex marriage in l@P+x$DGF5NbDb(+k%jeLI6n#s4CY4R$3ZCsg79xA*r+15K0#wSine with a 2017 Constitutional Court ruling that failing to do so was unconstitutional.

This year, according to organizers, the LGBT rights movement has moved to the next stage and will fight against prejudicepk$uDA4o9bv7#IXzZ7zyJ)zNRrY1QeI$&wDeA3af!=gvIynl6I and stereotyping of LGBT people.

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